Support Group Info

Monday Lunch Break Support Group Meetings
When: Fourth Monday of every month by appointment.
Where: These meetings are held in our office and facilitated by Roberta Pearle Lamb, MPH, RD, LDN. Be sure to call ahead as space is limited. Struggling? Finding it hard to come to evening meetings? Call 617-243-3724 and reserve a spot.

General Information
Time: All meetings begin at 6:30 pm.
Location: All meetings take place in the Allen-Riddle Living Room on the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Campus. Unless otherwise specified.**
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Directions to Hospital 

Directions to Allen-Riddle Building: Turn off of Route 16 at the traffic light leading into the hospital campus.  Drive up the driveway with the parking garage on your right. Allen-Riddle is on your left at the top of the hill. 

Parking: All support group attendees may park in the visitor lot located at the front of the hospital or the garage at the entrance by the traffic light. Parking located close to the Allen Riddle building should be reserved for handicapped persons and severely physically impaired.

Handicapped Parking:
Those patients who are handicapped, or have severely impaired mobility, may park:

  • Handicapped spots across from Allen Riddle building (with tag or plate clearly visible)
  • In the small number of parking spaces located in the rear of the Allen Riddle building
Please do not park in the Emergency Department garage. 

Due to the limited number of handicapped parking located close to the building, we would encourage those persons whenever possible, to bring someone with them to the meeting who may be able to assist - or drop off that individual in front of the Allen-Riddle Building - in the event that this area is full. The handicap entrance is in the front of the building near the courtyard.

Attendance Requirements
Pre-operative Patients: Prior to scheduling surgery, we require our patients to attend three support group meetings:
  1. The New Patient Instructional (done before your first appointment)
  2. One community support meeting (held twice a month, on the first Thursday or the third Tuesday. You can attend both or choose one)
  3. One 0-6 month group (held the second Thursday of every month, schedule may change if holiday occurs)

This is the minimum number of meetings you need to attend. You can come to more meetings which will provide you with the most information and education available in preparation for your surgery. 

Attendance is taken to track compliance. It is your responsibility to make sure your attendance is noted by one of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Center for Weight Loss Surgery staff members.  If you arrive very late, or leave very early, you will be expected to come to an additional meeting. Always sign the attendance sheet as well.

Types of Meetings

New Patient Instructional Meetings:  
These meetings are designed for pre-consultation patients. The surgeons take turns presenting this program and focus on how weight loss surgery is beneficial for treating the disease of obesity and other associated diseases, why and how it works, complications, results, etc. 

  • You should know in advance that we do not perform lap-band surgery
  • Meeting time: This group meets the first Thursday and third Tuesday of each month.

Community Support Group Meetings:   

  • This is open to all Center for Weight Loss Surgery pre- and post-surgical patients. The group addresses all aspects of life after weight loss surgery and includes guest speakers, workshops and patient interviews. A nurse and nutritionist lead the meetings on the first Thursday and a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and our coordinator facilitate the meeting on the third Tuesday. 
  • Attendance is required at least once before surgery and regular attendance before and after surgery is strongly recommended. 
  • Meeting time: This group meets the first Thursday and third Tuesday of each month.

0-6 Month Group:

  • Open to patients who are thinking about surgery, in the process, or who have had surgery within the last six months. 
  • This group is led by a fellow gastric bypass patient who is able to provide unique insight into the challenges (diet, body image, food issues, support, etc.) of this post-operative stage.
  • Attendance is required at least once before surgery.
  • Meeting time: This group meets the second Thursday of each month except where noted on the schedule below. 

Staff Request: Please limit your questions and discussions with staff persons in the time allocated for the assigned support group. Specific and/or personal questions or concerns should be addressed with staff during normal business hours.

Dates and Details of Upcoming Meetings
The dates for each group are listed below chronologically:

December 2014
Date Type Topic Moderators
12/4/14 Thursday
6:30 pm - Allen Riddle Living Room
Community Support Group
(for patient's > 1 year out from surgery)
Celebrating Non Scale Victories! Denise Nietzel, RN, CBN and Susan Miller, RD, LDN, CSSN
12/7/14 Sunday
Spaulding Rehab Hospital Service Road, Sandwich, MA, 508-833-4000, 1st Floor Conference Room from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Cape Cod Support Group Meeting  Learn about Our Program Denise Nietzel, RN, CBN
12/11/14 Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 pm - SHIPLEY AUDITORIUM (2nd floor of the Main Hospital. Enter at West Entrance and take South Elevators to the 2nd floor, turn left and auditorium is on left.)
0-6 Month Group Extreme Makeover Night: I've Been Changed for the Better
Denise Nietzel, RN, CBN and
Steve SanSoucie - Patient Mentor
12/16/14 Tuesday
6:30 pm - Allen Riddle Living Room
Community Support Group TBD Mary Gorman, RNC
* 12/18/14 Thursday
6:30 pm - Allen Riddle Living Room
New Patient Instructional Meeting

Required information session about weight loss surgery

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